Sheaffer Balance

About This Model

Sheaffer’s Balances, both Lifetime and non-Lifetime, appeared in 1929 and were Sheaffer’s top production lines from the early 1930’s until after WWII. They were available in numerous lengths, girths, colors and patterns, filled by lever or plunger, and were well enough made that now, with a cleaning and filling system restoration, they make excellent and durable pens. There were two distinct levels: Lifetime and not-Lifetime. Lifetime models, from the 1920 pre-Balance years, carried Lifetime nibs and a white dot to signify the pen as a Lifetime. Although the Lifetime guarantee, which was really service, continued for many years, after WWII the white dot was used to denote higher level pens, and then became Sheaffer’s brand identifier. Non-Lifetime pens had lower trim levels but were made of the same components; their nibs were very good and were often much softer and easier to write with than Lifetimes.

About This Pen

This is a Lifetime Balance from the mid-1930’s, one size below the largest model, in Grey Pearl. It is in very nice user condition, showing surprisingly little wear and tear. I am very fond of this size — big girth (a full half inch) but not too long (5.25″). It holds a great deal of ink. The trim is almost perfect: there is a little bit of missing plate on the end of the clip; the rest is clean. The nib is the proper Lifetime, and it is a firm fine/medium, but not too firm.  This is a great writer that will be comfortable in the hand for many pages of continuous work.

This pen is not for sale.